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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, JANUARY 17, 2012
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Carved by water: This big
country was originally
forests of totara and
Photo: JOCELYN FANNIN
FROM Page 6
The group trip travelled through
the camp to the Argo Valley where
several groups of horses with foals
were browsing quite close to the
road. Each group had a stallion
watching intently over his band.
The horses were all in excellent
condition and took very little
notice of the bus.
Lunch was taken by the historic
West Lawn hut where shade was
provided by beech trees, some of
which had native red mistletoe
flowering. This has become hard
to find, but possum control means
it is now back in some areas.
From here, the group travelled
into red tussock country with yel-
low bulbinella, a native onion,
The gorges in this area mark
where the rivers flowed after the
sea retreated. Only the Hautapu
River remains. The rivers cut
through the base rock, with only
the caps of harder limestone vis-
ible on some hillocks. This area
would have originally been forest
of totara and kaikawaka.
Much of the land further on is
marsh and the group walked to a
small tarn surrounded by sphag-
num moss and featuring plants
like the insect-catching sun dews
This was an excellent day
enjoyed by all, with Bill Fleury,
conservation analysis for DOC
Tongariro, Wanganui, Taranaki
Conservancy and Dave Lumley,
area manager DOC Taupo-nui-a-
tia along with Anna McNight trip
leader, keen to share their know-
ledge and history of the area.
Seeing so many horses so close
made this a special trip.
Wanganui were running the same
trip the following day -- which
shows how popular it is.
Strong dollar lowers wool prices
New Zealand Wool Services
International's general manager,
John Dawson, says this week's
combined North and South Island
auction offering 25,000 bales saw
prices ease on the back of a
considerably stronger New Zealand
The weighted indicator for the
main trading currencies compared
to the last sale on December 21 was
4.45 per cent higher.
However, many categories
resisted this negative factor with
local prices in many instances only
easing by 1.5 to 4 per cent.
There was a 69 per cent clearance
of all wools on offer. The South
Island, which only had 9000 bales on
offer, resisted the strong dollar the
most only softening by 1.5 to 3 per
cent. The larger volumes of North
Island wool saw prices ease further.
Mr Dawson says a very small
offering of mid micron wools
resisted the trend and rose between
1.5 to 2.5 per cent.
Fine crossbred fleece and shears
eased between 1 and 3 per cent.
Coarse crossbred fleece was 2 to 4
per cent weaker with shears firm to
5 per cent down. Early season short
lambs weakened between 3 and 7
per cent with very little overseas
interest at present.
Oddments were also back by 6 to
9 per cent with the Indian market
very quiet at present.
Australasia and China were
principal markets supported by
Western Europe, Middle East, Britain
The next sale comprised about
9800 bales from the North Island
and 6300 from the South Island.
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